OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-922

AN ACT CONCERNING AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND CONTRACTING PROCEDURES FOR THE METROPOLITAN DISTRICT OF HARTFORD COUNTY.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 10 $

FY 11 $

Dept. of Administrative Services

GF - Cost

Potential

Potential

Comptroller Misc. Accounts (Fringe Benefits)1

GF - Cost

Potential

Potential

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill requires the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC), a nonprofit municipal corporation, to comply with the affirmative action laws that apply to state agencies and state policies on procuring goods and services.

Under current law, the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) is responsible for investigating discrimination complaints brought against agency heads, members of boards and commissions, and affirmative action officers. Under the bill, certain MDC discrimination and harassment complaints would be sent to DAS for investigation. DAS would be responsible to investigate the MDC complaint and prepare a report of all findings and recommendations.

Based on the size of MDC2 and the number of complaints it receives, DAS may require one new Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist II position (with an annualized salary of $74,000, plus fringe benefits) to handle this new responsibility.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

1 The fringe benefit costs for state employees are budgeted centrally in the Miscellaneous Accounts administered by the Comptroller on an actual cost basis. The following is provided for estimated costs associated with additional personnel. The estimated non-pension fringe benefit rate as a percentage of payroll is 25. 43%. Fringe benefit costs for new positions do not initially include pension costs as the state's pension contribution is based upon the 6/30/08 actuarial valuation for the State Employees Retirement System (SERS) which certifies the contribution for FY 10 and FY 11. Therefore, new positions will not impact the state's pension contribution until FY 12 after the next scheduled certification on 6/30/2010.

2 MDC has a 29 member commission and approximately 700 employees.